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the ages of 0-5 years old, 77% of the messages children receive are negative andonly 23% are positive. Remember that yourhabits were created over time, and it willtake time to establish new habits of thinkingto a positive attitude.
n Recognize the RewardsThe rewards of a positive attitude are endless– so start noting them as soon as you seechanges in your life. Here are some rewardsyou might recognize: People like to bearound positive people. Having a positive attitude improves relationships. A positiveattitude manifests optimism and motivation.You will exude self confidence and self esteem. (Hint: These are also great affirmations!)
n You Have a ChoiceYes, you can choose to be negative or positive. And that choice is available 24/7.Each time you choose the positive way ofthinking you’ve created an opportunity foryourself and everyone around you. Sochoose wisely and make a difference. n
Do you find yourself getting drawn into theconstant news of the recession and economy? Unemployment is high, fore-closures are up, consumer confidence is low,and on and on. Getting caught in the negativity loop is easy these days. The mostpowerful way to overcome what I’ve nowtermed as the “recession blues” is to banishnegative thinking from your life.
Your attitude plays an integral part in howyou perceive and react to what happens toyou and around you. How do you define attitude? One of the simplest definitions isthat attitudes are habits of thought. A habitis defined as a recurrent, often unconsciouspattern of behavior that is acquired throughfrequent repetition. How you think – repetitively – creates your attitudes.
Attitudes are both positive and negative, butwhen we habitually think negatively, we respond to the world around us negatively.
Even during good times we may play theblame game or think that life is not fair. Ina recession, it is only magnified. What I propose is that you follow these seven stepsover the next 21 days (that’s how long ittakes to form a new habit) and see what adifference it makes in your life.
n AwarenessBefore you can commit to changing yourway of thinking, you need to become awareof how you think. We all have “voices in ourheads” that talk to us continuously. Do youpay attention to how you think and talk toyourself? When you make a mistake, do youtell yourself you were stupid? Negative self-talk is a habit we learn at an early age.It’s important to be aware of how you talk toyourself before you can change it.
n Re-Phrase Self-TalkOnce you consciously pay attention to whatyou say to yourself, the next step is to startre-phrasing your negative statements intopositive or neutral statements. For example,“I am stupid for making a mistake” becomes“I made a mistake.” Every time you catchyourself talking negatively, either in yourhead or out loud, stop immediately and re-phrase your statement.
n Use AffirmationsTo accelerate the process, you also need toadd more positive thinking into your dailyregimen. Affirmations are a powerful andconsistent way to help you overcome negative thoughts. Create three affirmationsthat you will state three times a day – whenyou wake up, at lunchtime, and before yougo to sleep. Put them on index cards by yourbed side as reminders. Say these affirmationsdaily for 21 days.
n Re-Think Your InfluencesThe outside world will pull you back to oldways of thinking, if you let it. We are bombarded with messages every day that in-fluence how we think, act and react. You canchange some of the negative influences youallow into your life by becoming aware ofthem and removing them. Turn off the TV;stop reading the newspaper; don’t engage innegative conversations; and remove or limityour association with negative people. Replace these activities with positive onessuch as helping a friend or neighbor, volunteering for a community organization,or begin practicing yoga or meditation.
n Re-Programming Takes TimeAs children, most of us were programmedfrom a negative point of view. The first threewords a child understands are mommy,daddy and no! Then the “no” becomes“don’t”. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’ttouch. In fact research shows that between
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When was the last time you made a New Year’s resolution that you kept? If you’re like most people, it sounded like a great idea at the time, but after the first two or three months, you forgot all about it. Why does this happen?
The celebration of New Year’s is one of the oldest holidays. It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions, and the early Christians believed the first day of the New Year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the New Year.
So why do people break their resolutions? Because most resolutions are very broad and vague. Does this sound familiar to you? I want to lose weight…get back in shape…eat better…go on a diet…exercise more…make more money…save more money… and on and on.
Making New Year’s resolutions is really a goal setting process. To be truly successful in achieving your resolutions, they need to be created as goals. Setting goals is intimidating to people as much as proclaiming resolutions because of the fear of failure. So the alternative is to do neither, and you’ll never fail. But, you’ll never reach the level of success you desire either.
1. If you don’t set them, someone else will set them for you. How often are you doing things that are not helping you get ahead? Especially if you are a people pleaser, you need to be aware of how much you do for others before you put yourself first. Your boss, friend, colleague, neighbor have their own agenda. You need to have your own.
2. All things must be mentally accomplished before they can be physically accomplished. The human brain receives thousands of pieces of information a second. When setting goals, especially after committing them to writing, the brain has a specific subject or task brought
to the forefront. If a person repeatedly thinks about, and re-writes a goal, the brain is focused and becomes aware of related matters and needed resources that are important in the realization of the goal.
3. It is easier, cheaper and faster than “trial and error.” Would you build a house without a set of blueprints? Can you imagine communicating to the contractors what each of them had to do without the big picture? Goals help provide the foundation and framework before you even think about the fixtures. By setting goals, you will have a clear sense of purpose and direction – a blueprint for your life.
4. It keeps you focused and on target. Many times we run our lives without a map. If you wanted to drive from New Jersey to California, you would eventually get there if you kept driving west. But what if you wanted to go to San Diego? Could you get there without a map? Eventually, but wouldn’t you likely get there in less time and with less cost with a map or GPS system than by just heading in the general direction? If you have business with employees, think about leading a caravan of drivers to San Diego. Wouldn’t it be most effective if you all had the same map? Simple as it sounds, many businesses run without a map.
Criteria for Goal SettingGoals need to follow the W.H.Y.S.M.A.R.T. criteria.
WrittenHarmoniousYoursSpecificMeasurableAttainableRealistically HighTime Constrained
A 10 Step Plan to Goal Achievement
1. Dream – This is the opportunity to think big and beyond your limiting expectations.2. Evaluate - Where are you now and where do you want to be – in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years?3. Write down your goals – using the WHYSMART criteria. Rule of thumb is between 5-8 goals. These can be both short term and long term.
4. List the rewards you will receive from achieving your goal – get specific. Visualize what it will look, smell, feel like when you achieve each goal.5. List the consequences of not achieving your goals – get specific. 6. Analyze the obstacles – because things will happen and people will get in your way. 7. Formulate solutions – how will you overcome the obstacles?8. Write down your action steps needed to move ahead.9. Reinforce your goals with affirmations and visualizations.10. Work your plan and take action!
Once you create your plan, you will have the road map to creating your success. As you make day-to-day decisions, you can now ask yourself – “Is this action or activity getting me closer or farther away from my goals?” You can then chose the course to a goal-focused and successful life.
4 Reasons to Set Goals